According to the New York Times, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will not return next season as questions continue to pile up about how the 84-year-old coach handled the allegations of sexual abuse made against Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years, and more accusers have come forward since.
According to authorities, Paterno, who testified in the grand jury proceedings that led to the charges, is not under investigation. The state police commissioner, however, has chastised him and other school officials for not doing enough to try to stop the suspected abuse.
The Times reports that the school’s board of trustees has not yet met to discuss when exactly Paterno will depart, but conversations with two university sources hint that Paterno’s exit could come “within days or weeks.” If they follow that timetable, it would appear that he would not be able to coach Penn State in a bowl game this year, and could even be done before the end of the regular season.
Paterno’s regularly-scheduled press conference for Tuesday was canceled by the school after initially telling reporters last night they could only ask the coach about the team’s upcoming game with Nebraska. The decision to cancel the press conference came directly from university president Graham Spanier, according to Paterno’s son Scott.